Women's Track and Field Takes Second at Heptagonal Championships
May 9, 2004
Providence, RI--- The track and field team hosted the Heptagonal Championships on May 8 and 9. The women's team finished second after putting together a strong team effort to overtake third place Yale. Every performance counted in this competition, as the gap between Brown and Yale was only 3.5 points.
The Bears' 4x800-meter relay team set a new Heps record by nearly two seconds with their time of 8:47.45. The team consisted of Katherine Kosub '04 (San Antonio, TX) (2:12.3), Caci Cambruzzi '04 (Cincinnati, OH) (2:13.4), Kate Cushing '04 (Cranston, RI) (2:12.4), and Naja Ferjan '07 (Ljubljan, Slovenia) (2:08.9). Cushing also competed in the 1500m, coming in 4th with a time of 4:32.0. The relay team's time set a new school record, breaking the one they set earlier this season at Penn Relays by more than a second. In the open 800m, Ferjan won with the second fastest time ever by a Brown runner, 2:07.64, which is also a new Brown Stadium record.
In the sprints, Lauren Linder '04 (Atlanta, GA) came through with a big win in the 100m with a time of 12.03, just hundredths of a second in front of the second place finisher from Yale. Teammate Jaylon White '05 (Minneapolis, MN) came in fourth (12.22). Captain Julia Stevenson '04 (Bowie, MD) finished fourth in the 200m and third in the 400m (55.78). Emily McElveen '04 (Chapel Hill, NC) also brought in a point from her sixth place finish in the 200m. Fara Kitton '05 (Bellmore, NY) pulled through with a third place finish in the 100H (14.41). The 4x100m relay finished third with a time of 47.37. This team consisted of McElveen, Linder, Kitton, and White.
The 4x400m relay became the most important race of the day for Brown. Leading into this last event, Yale was ahead by 1.5 points, so whichever team won the Brown/Yale battle was guaranteed to finish in second place. The relay consisted of Kelly Powell '06 (East Patchogue, NY), McElveen '04, Emily Lewis-LaMonica '06 (Lawrenceville, NJ), and Stevenson. They came through for the team by finishing third behind Cornell and Penn with a time of 3:47.09 to Yale's 6th place finish (3:51.00).
On the field, freshman Laura Dudek (West Warren, MA) continued her success with a win in the javelin throw (143'3"). Brittany Grovey '06 (Hobbs, NM) won the triple jump with a leap of 40'11", beating the nearest competitor by 10.5". Grovey pulled through for the team by competing through back spasm pain. Her jump was also a personal record. Dominique Bosa-Edwards '05 finished fourth in 38'2", which is a college best for her. Jill Lynch '05 (Racine, WI) had an excellent day in the throws. Lynch finished second in both the shot put at 45'4" and in the discus at 137'8". Grace Cunningham '07 (Pembroke, MA) finished third in the discus and set a new personal record in the process (131'1"). High jumper Katie Rowinski '04 (Wakefield, RI) also finished third with a jump of 5'5".
Support and energy amongst the team propelled Brown to their second place finish. Before the meet, Bruno was predicted to finish in fifth place. Most everyone on the team did their part to help and because of the close finish, every point counted. With many key performances coming from freshmen and sophomores, the future of Brown track and field bodes well.
The next competition will be the ECAC Championships in New Haven, CT on May 13 for the individuals who met the qualifying standards.